Editorial

Time to think spring (floods)

No major flooding is predicted this spring, though minor to moderate flooding is possible across a large swath of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest stretching to New England. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakeven price at $91.08

The weaner pig breakeven price is $91.08, up $4.35 for the week. October futures increased $4.35 for the week and the spread between the August and October futures contract narrowed by $1.10 to $22.45. FULL STORY »

Jolley: I saw history being made

The reason for this gathering was the annual North American Meat Association (NAMA) Management Conference. More importantly, though, was a chance to witness the first step leading to an historic marriage of NAMA with the American Meat Institute (AMI). FULL STORY »

Commentary: Gagging on the law

Even as Idaho joins a handful of other states in passing an ‘ag gag’ bill to criminalize unauthorized recording of livestock operations, the law may not last long on appeal. FULL STORY »

Fat freed?

Everyone knows saturated fats lead to cardiovascular disease. However, a major research review getting media attention this week provides further evidence everyone just might be wrong. FULL STORY »

Peterson Bros’ beef with Chipotle in the spotlight…sort of

Huffington Post recently gave Greg Peterson, the oldest brother of the famed Peterson Bros. trio, the spotlight with his opposition to Chipotle’s “Farmed and Dangerous” online miniseries. But in a section sponsored by Chipotle and littered with the company’s ads, is Peterson’s voice really being heard? FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bugs vs. beef

To meet the challenge of providing nourishment to a global population likely to surpass nine billion by mid-century, there’s an intriguing new proposal: Grow and eat insects. Seriously. FULL STORY »

Okla. Attorney General calls out HSUS on tornado donations

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer warning against the Humane Society of the United States last week, warning Oklahomans of the group’s solicitations and advertisements. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins hit highest level yet

Farrow-to-finish margins hit the highest level, $84.70 per head, last week since John Nalivka began tracking the data. FULL STORY »

NPPC’s Call to Action: Eliminate TPP barriers

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has a message for Congress: refuse Japan’s offer in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which seeks to protect key agricultural products from free trade. FULL STORY »

USDA lowers feed, residual grain use projections

Feed and residual use for the four feed grains plus wheat is forecast lower this month according to latest Feed Outlook report from USDA. FULL STORY »

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